Lakeland Terrier

Lakeland Terrier

Breed Fact

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Hypoallergenic: Yes
Height: 33 – 38 cm (Adult, At the withers)
Weight: 7 – 8 kg (Adult)
Color: Black, Black & Tan, Blue, Grizzle & Tan, Red, Wheaten
Life Expectancy: 12 – 16 years
Temperament: Bold, Intelligent, Trainable, Friendly, Confident, Independent
Litter Size: 3 - 5 puppies
Health Problems: Generally healthy.

Brief info: The Lakeland Terrier breed dates back to the 1800s and is one of the oldest terrier breeds that is still around today.

The breed was originally called the Patterdale Terrier, however it is a separate breed from the Patterdale Terrier that we know of today.

The Lakeland was developed by crossing the Bedlington Terrier, with the Old English Wirehaired Terrier in the Lake District of England.

The dog was used to prevent fox and other vermin from destroying the crops and herds. It hunted den animals such as badger, fox and otter. It was able to hunt on uneven terrain, woods, fields and water. It chased and killed the quarry.

The Lakeland Terrier is small and sturdy. It is squarely proportioned, much like the Welsh Terrier, but smaller. His body is deep and narrow and his head is balanced and rectangular.

The muzzle is strong and the nose is black and can be liver colored on liver dogs. The ears are small and V-shaped, folding over. The eyes are moderately small with an oval outline. Eye color comes in black, brown or dark hazel. The stop is barely noticeable. The front legs are strong and straight when viewed from the front. The teeth are relatively large and meet in a level, edge-to-edge or a slightly overlapping scissors bite.

The Lakeland Terrier has a double coat. The outer coat is hard and wiry in texture and the undercoat is close to the skin and soft. The hair is usually cut so it is longer on the muzzle and legs. Coat colors come in solid blue, black, liver, red and wheaten. It also comes with saddle markings, where a second color covers the back of the neck, back, sides and up the tail. Saddle colors may be blue, black, liver or varying shades of grizzle. Puppies are often born black and change coloring as they grow. The tail is set high and generally docked.